Vietnam holds it’s General Election
Around 69 million people are entitled to vote today to elect 500 members of the National Assembly and members of the People’s Councils at three local levels including provincial, district and commune.
There are 870 candidates standing for the national parliament but because Vietnam is a one party state, run by the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam, there is little choice because all candidates have already been vetted by the party. Locally there are 6,528 candidates standing for 3,918 seats at provincial level, 41,777 candidates standing for 24,993 seats at district level and 497,312 candidates standing for 294,055 seats at commune level.
There are 184 multi-member constituencies nationally across 63 cities and provinces and candidates must receive at least 50% of the vote to avoid a second round. Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.